Even though TJ's life has always been "musical", her love for singing and performing arts didn't completely surface until she was 15 and auditioned for her first musical. She was cast as chorus and everything exploded from there. She started voice lessons shortly after that production and as her voice and confidence blossomed, she began getting cast as lead roles. TJ add's with a laugh... " I had no business playing most of those roles at my age, but I certainly wasn't going to argue!". Life became musical theatre for her; she was having the time of her life at that point.
Naturally this recogniztion of talent sparked her interest in persuing performing arts further. After graduating from a small private school at age 17, putting previous plans of majoring in Equine Medicine with a minor in Journalism on hold, she started researching performing arts programs all over the world. She decided on the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, auditioned and was accepted but her time there was short lived... "It wasn't what I was expecting at all. A few too many questionable occurances took place in such a short time, I didn't feel comfortable paying to stay there. It's a long story, but basically I just wanted more structure for my education". After many discussions with her parents & loved ones she decided to withdrawal and go back home for the time being and start looking into other schools.
Since leaving AMDA TJ has performed in a few more musicals and plays, auditioned and been accepted to many Universities and performing arts schools around the country and abroad, but after a lot of soul searching, decided; school isn't where she wants to be right now. TJ notes: "I wanted to persue a solo singing career when I started writing lyrics and melodies that people were responding to in a really positive way. Realizing that I could write music specifically for my voice to sing, just the way I heard it in my head, was very liberating and exciting! Especially now. I am getting really "gutsy" with what I write about. I am really expressing myself and my views in my songs. Musical theatre was different; I was always acting as if I were someone else, I liked that for awhile but now I am ready to get down to me, using my talents to show people who I am and what I stand for. To write and sing my own songs, fills me with a joy and sense of satisfaction that nothing ever has, as for school... it can wait!"
TJ still has aspirations of a musical theatre career, if it were to ever work out, but right now she want's to concentrate on her music, her way and hope that people want to hear it.
A few additional goals this ambitious 22 year old has her mind set on include: A record label of sorts, that would be geared to help unsigned artist in a way that most labels don't today. Also, extravagant plans for a Dinner Theatre/Bed & Breakfast after she retires from the stage. She is hoping not only to own and opperate the business, but also provide direction for the productions. "Somewhere in the middle of all that..." she adds "...I plan on getting married and starting a family and maybe obtaining a degree or certificate in something pertaining to the industry". That doesn't really concern TJ at this point, though. "I have always excelled academically and believe the world is my classroom... I have plenty of time to get a degree in anything, when I (hopefully) have the money to pay for it and the perspicacity for all that".
Currently, TJ is still working hard to finish her demo.
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